Author Archives: Alea Perez

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“The Okay Witch”

By | Sep 3, 2019 | Reviews

Multiracial 13-year-old Moth Rush has never felt like she belonged in her small Massachusetts hometown of Founder’s Bluff. Often the target of bullying and harassment by her classmates, Moth spends much of her time wishing she were cooler and more exciting. As luck would have it, Moth discovers on Halloween that she descends from a […]

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“This Place: 150 Years Retold”

By | Aug 27, 2019 | Reviews

North American history is often framed in such a way that it portrays white European colonizers as heroic bringers of civilization to vast empty lands ripe for the taking. In “This Place: 150 Years Retold,” twenty contributors – twelve writers, six illustrators, and two colorists – join forces to correct this false narrative and reframe […]

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“Hotel Dare”

By | Jul 30, 2019 | Reviews

Siblings Olivia, Darwin, and Charlotte Dare are sent to Mexico so Charlotte, the newest member of the family, can meet their abuela Lupe. When they arrive in Mexico at Lupe’s dilapidated and patchwork hotel, they find themselves with more questions about their family’s history than when they arrived. Written by Terry Blas Illustrated and colored […]

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“Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me”

By | Jun 24, 2019 | Reviews

Seventeen-year-old Frederica “Freddy” Riley is desperately trying to maintain a relationship with the impossibly cool titular character in “Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me,” a queer coming of age story. Freddy and Laura have a turbulent relationship that continuously pushes them together and pulls them apart. Desperate to learn how to move on from […]

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“The Handmaid’s Tale: The Graphic Novel”

By | May 14, 2019 | Reviews

“The Handmaid’s Tale”, by author Margaret Atwood, has seen adaptations of all types – from a movie to an opera, ballet to theater, radio, and television – since its original 1985 publication. It only seems natural, then, that it has now found its way to the graphic novel format. Written by Margaret Atwood Adapted, illustrated, […]

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“Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos”

By | Apr 15, 2019 | Reviews

Lucy Knisley continues her tradition of life stages and transition-centered storytelling in her sixth graphic memoir, “Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos.” In it, Knisley explores how the pop culture landscape that existed during her childhood in the late 1980s and early 1990s – a culture that seemed fascinated with pregnancy and babies – […]

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“Kiss Number 8”

By | Mar 27, 2019 | Reviews

The year is 2004 and seventeen-year-old Amanda Orham loves bad television, minor league baseball, and hanging out with her best friend, who also happens to be her father. However, a series of small events leads to Amanda overhearing her dad’s side of a suspicious sounding phone call, and Amanda’s life slowly begins to unravel as […]

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“Bloom”

By | Feb 25, 2019 | Reviews

In Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau’s foodie romance “Bloom,” recent high school graduate and new adult Ari has some big decisions ahead of him regarding his future. Ari lives at home and helps out with his parents’ struggling bakery, but dreams of living in the city with his friends and making music. Things begin to […]

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“Grand Theft Horse”

By | Jan 28, 2019 | Reviews

The feisty Gail Ruffu has had a lifelong fascination with horses. Given the chance as a licensed trainer to put her expertise to use and partially own a race horse that shared her spirited approach to life, she took it. But when the horse, Urgent Envoy, began having progressively worse leg issues during trainings, Gail […]

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“The Black Bull Of Norroway”

By | Dec 26, 2018 | Reviews

Siblings Kit and Cat Seaton take on the 1889 Scottish fairy tale of the same name in the teen and adult read “The Black Bull of Norroway,” the first in a series of undetermined length. When a knight is cursed and turned into a bull, a prophecy calls for three things to give him a […]

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“Hey, Kiddo”

By | Nov 20, 2018 | Reviews

After nearly two decades of writing and illustrating children’s picture books and graphic novels, Jarrett J. Krosoczka fully pulls the curtains back and dives, squarely and unapologetically, into the realm of young adult/adult work in his revealing and autobiographical “Hey, Kiddo.” In the process of sharing his family’s story, Krosoczka largely steps away from what […]

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“Check Please!: #Hockey”

By | Oct 23, 2018 | Reviews

Ngozi Ukazu’s energetic “Check Please!: #Hockey” tells the tale of Eric “Bitty” Bittle, a vlogger, a pie enthusiast, and a member of the incoming freshman class on the Samwell University hockey team. He can skate like a dream (he has a figure skating background) but he’s deathly afraid of being checked. Worried that he’s not […]

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